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Local authorities have different requirements regarding the format in which building plans must be submitted. The number of copies required also differs amongst authorities. Please note that inhouseplans provides paper copies only (as many as required by the owner), and each customer should find out from his/her local authority which format is required.
Customers should also take note that most local authorities have a plan scrutiny fee payable. These scrutiny fee structures vary amongst the different authorities, but are usually based on the floor area of the building and in some cases on the number of sanitary fittings in the building.
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Conditions of Establishment
When the township developer of a residential township establishes the town, one of the legal processes he/she must comply with is a list of special conditions of establishment. This procedure enables the developer to specify certain conditions to which all property buyers must adhere. In a particular township, for instance, it may be specifed that no house will have a corrugated iron roof, or that no house should be smaller than 200 square metres.
It is therefore clear that conditions of establishment may (and will) vary for each township proclaimed, depending on the needs of the particular developer. It is therefore not possible to list such conditions here.
However, the conditions of establishment of every single township ever proclaimed are stored at the Town Planning Department of the relevant local authority. All prospective house builders should therefore check with their local authorities before making a final decision regarding the building plans for a future house.
The local authority may, under special circumstances, relax the conditions of establishment of a particular township once the township developer has agreed to such a relaxation. Applications should be submitted to the relevant local authority.
Each and every urban stand in South Africa situated in a proclaimed township has a title deed document stored at the central Deeds Office. Title deeds may, amongst others, impose general or specific conditions or restrictions of which the prospective homeowner should be aware. Such restrictions may, for instance, limit the height of a building in relation to its distance from a boundary fence, or may impose a building line on a specific property to prevent the building from being built too close to the stand boundary.
Restrictions laid down in a title deed are usually more difficult to relax, but the local authority
may warrant relaxation in certain instances once approval has been obtained from the relevant provincial authority.
Town planning schemes
A town planning scheme is a document adopted by a local authority which governs any development under the jurisdiction of the authority. This may include broader issues such as land use (zonings) and the density of a development, or issues focused on the individual stand, including coverage, height restrictions, building lines, servitudes, and so on. Restrictions imposed by an authority’s town planning scheme are very specific to the relevant local authority, and may usually be relaxed by such an authority.
It is important to note that no local authority will approve a building plan or allow building work to commence, if the owner’s building plans show a contravention of ANY restriction imposed by ANY of the above-mentioned documents. After selecting a suitable building plan from the inhouseplans.com catalogue, a prospective homeowner, therefore, should first make sure that his/her proposed house does not contravene any restriction as described above.